2017 Kia Sportage Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on May 31, 2016 7:50 AM

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Starting Price: $23,885 | Build

Above Average: Well-equipped value, terrific connectivity and infotainment

Below Average: Firm ride, polarizing front-end styling

Consensus: The totally redesigned Kia Sportage has very quickly proved itself one of our segment favorites

Sporty indeed, and stylish too.

In a category dominated by me-too metal and derivative drivetrains, the Kia Sportage, all-new for 2017, stands out for both what's under the hood (two 4-cylinder engines, including one boasting 240 turbocharged horses) and the hood itself. The restyled Sportage serves as a forceful design statement from this manufacturer. And much like with Kia's midsize Optima sedan, buyers have taken notice. The new Sportage is larger inside and out than the previous generation was, and is now loaded with more tech and upscale features that make it a more premium choice without losing sight of Kia's strong emphasis on value.

Driving It

"The 2017 Sportage compact crossover SUV is a welcome companion on almost any road. And while it's easy to label the Sportage Turbo the fleetest model with its 240 horsepower, in reality the standard 181-horsepower 4-cylinder is surprisingly eager. It delivers power smoothly -- no turbo lag as it's naturally aspirated -- and plays very well with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission." Find out more in our 2017 Kia Sportage full review.

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Build and Price

Like most entries in the compact SUV segment, the marketers seduce the consumer with a low starting point on a base model -- and then quickly add another $10,000 in available trim levels, options, packages and accessories. That entry-level Sportage LX, priced around $24,000, is -- to its credit -- comfortably equipped. But you can also spend over $35K for an all-wheel-drive Sportage SX. Build and price your own 2017 Kia Sportage to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

The Journey of 100,000 miles

Along with its Hyundai Tucson corporate cousin, the Kia Sportage has the best warranty in the segment: a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. But it's more peace of mind than practical, because the Kia Sportage has so far proven well-built and reliable.

Comparison Test

The 2017 Kia Sportage was one of six compact SUVs we drove 450 roundtrip miles from the coastal region of Southern California to the mountains surrounding Big Bear Lake, California, as part of our most recent Compact SUV Comparison Test.

More Compact SUVs

The sporty and stylish Kia Sportage is but one of a dozen or so compact SUVs available for your consideration, many of them roomier and more comfort-oriented. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.

Photo Gallery: Kia Sportage Inside and Out

 

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